Connection to FJ&G?
- Would like to know how others of the group are related to the FJ&G? My Grandfather (Joram Nellis) was a conductor on the Northville Branch until its end when the Sacandaga Reservoir filled. My father worked at the Sacandaga Park during the 1920's era and rode the Northville Branch often. He regaled me with numerous FJ&G stories until his death a couple years ago - wish I had paid more attention and recorded them.
Favorite story from a Leader - Republican (or Morning Herald) columnist was his title for the FJ&G - the Funny, Jumpy and Gruesome Railroad.
In response to Carl's letter, I do not have any true connection to the
FJ&G, other that as a model railroader. Back in the �80's I was looking
for a shortline to model, and while looking through old magazines, came
across an article in a �77 Model Railroader. It was a series of
articles written by Harold Russell on the FJ&G. Thirty customers in
twenty miles, the bulk of the tonnage going up a stiff grade, light
power, and a connection to a busy mainline, all added up to a pretty
interesting little railroad.
A couple of months later, a modeler friend of mine got a set of 1960
Trains magazines, and there was an excellent article an on the FJ&G,
including a bit of passenger service, and some more on the history of
the railroad. I was surprised to read about the little shortline that
had done everything that the big guys were doing, freight, passenger,
electric, buses, and highway freight. Since then, I've been a fan.
Unfortunately, by the time I figured all this out, the railroad was
meeting it's untimely death. I never got a chance to see it in the
flesh, and have only managed to collect a few articles, and an employees
time table, 1954, which I plan on e-mailing the group as soon as I find
out how to do that.
So, for the most part, I am here to learn. If I can contribute, I will.